STOCK­PILE OF COVID-19 SUP­PLIES SHOULD BE PRI­VA­TIZED, CMA SAYS

National Post (National Edition) - - CANADA -

The Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion says a $300-mil­lion emer­gency stock­pile of pan­demic sup­plies should be pri­va­tized or run on a com­mer­cial ba­sis by a Crown cor­po­ra­tion. Doc­tors are blam­ing the mis­man­age­ment of the stock­pile that re­sulted in waste and short­ages on the Pub­lic Health Agency, according to a re­port by Black­lock’s Re­porter. “The pref­er­ence would be a Crown cor­po­ra­tion,” said Dr. Scott Laing of Ot­tawa, au­thor of the com­men­tary Canada’s Na­tional Emer­gency Stock­pile Sys­tem: Time For A New Long-Term Strat­egy. “Not for profit is in­cluded here as an al­ter­na­tive and less de­sir­able op­tion should a Crown cor­po­ra­tion not be fea­si­ble.” Agency man­agers have ad­mit­ted throw­ing mil­lions of masks, gloves, and other sup­plies into land­fills be­fore the pan­demic.

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